A happy homecoming on the diamond



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Photo courtesy of James Snook, the Spokane Indians

After playing a paper-toss game between half innings at a local minor league game, the twin 4-year old girls Gracie and Ruby Weichman turned around to see what they had won.

To their surprise, and to the delight of the crowd of 4,005 on Monday night in Spokane, Wash., out walked their father, Staff Sgt. Chris Weichman of the 27th Special Operations Support Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Weichman, fresh from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan and a long drive from New Mexico to Washington state, walked out with two bouquets of flowers for his girls. The two had no idea their daddy was home.

The girls ran to their dad, who dropped down to his knees to hug his daughters in front of the cheering crowd at Avista Stadium. (Be sure to check out the heart warming video posted at KREM’s website)

Weichman, who was recently stationed at nearby Fairchild Air Force Base, had just returned from his third tour, according to Fairchild Public Affairs.

(Full disclosure: This reporter first heard of the story from my mother, who works at a jewelry store in Spokane. One of Weichman’s first actions back in Spokane was to buy a ring for his Air Force vet wife, before they went out to the ball game. Also of note, my  hometown Spokane Indians won the game, beating the Yakima Bears 1-0.)


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  1. SSGT Weichman welcome back from ur deployment and being reunited with ur family. Thank you for your service to our great country. I was in Vietnam so I know what leaving your loved ones is all about.

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